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The first thing I noticed was the title "Mercury spill caused 'minimal' exposure."<br><br>
If you have the paper paper, it's the twin cities-region section, Section B.<br><br>
The online article is at <a href="http://www.startribune.com/1592/story/986714.html" target="_blank">www.startribune.com/1592/story/986714.html</a> but the sidebar I'm referring to is not there.<br><br>
The second thing I noticed is the sidebar:<br><br>
MERCURY AT HOME...Here are some things to look for:<br>
*batteries<br>
*dental amalgams<br>
*flourescent lamps<br>
*necklaces and jewelry, some imported jewlry from Mexico with glass pendants can contain mercury<br>
*paint made before 1991<br>
*glass thermometers<br>
*thermostats<br>
*athletic shoes and toys that light and make noise<br>
*barometers<br>
*high pressure sodium lamps<br>
*neon lamps<br>
*mercury vapor lamps<br><br>
They didn't include vaccines as a source of mercury.<br><br>
I'm off to read the rest.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Mercury can damage the central nervous system, kidney and liver, posing the greatest risk when inhaled as a vapor. It can't easily be absorbed through skin contact and <b>is not harmful if swallowed</b> because it passes through the system with "minimal" absorption, Herbrandson said.</td>
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Yet, nothing about injecting it, huh?
 

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Kind of OT but:<br>
I may be a dumdum, but I had no idea there was mercury in light up shoes. The ones where they walk and they light up right?
 

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I may be a dumdum, but I had no idea there was mercury in light up shoes. The ones where they walk and they light up right?</div>
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Yep. I think in the battery used, not the light, but I could be wrong.
 

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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=598669" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=598669</a><br><br>
Alot of mercury spilling going on!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Kind of OT but:<br>
I may be a dumdum, but I had no idea there was mercury in light up shoes. The ones where they walk and they light up right?</div>
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Hmmm didn't know that either. We had one pair of light-up shoes for my son but I never knew that.
 

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I noticed this too Mamaintheboonies. "Mercury...is not harmful if swallowed because it passes through the system with minimal absorption in the body."<br><br>
If that is true they needn't tell us to stop eating fish.
 

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This happened at my church <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> (Private school there)
 

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Is it just me or is the first sentence of the article really bizzarre...<br><br>
"Bridget Hoye's immediate concern when her 6-year-old daughter's shoes tested positive for mercury after an accidental spill at her New Brighton school Tuesday was getting the kindergartner new kicks."<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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I didn't know it was in light up shoes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Light up shoes are no longer made with mercury switches, which omitted some vaporized mercury each time they lit up. They were prior to 1994, but are no longer (lay media is still reporting that some shoes have them, but if you dig, that's just because they keep that info on file and seem to enjoy reporting it). They still have batteries with some mercury, but it is not an immediate hazard to kids.<br><br>
One source (though this is common knowledge in the scientific/medical/public health community):<br><a href="http://www.des.state.nh.us/NHPPP/Mercury/HgProducts.asp" target="_blank">http://www.des.state.nh.us/NHPPP/Mercury/HgProducts.asp</a>
 

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batteries......any safe alternatives? types without mercury?
 
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